Archive for February, 2012

Updated Book List

Check out the updated book list section for brief reviews of the following books: Science (Steve Fuller) Steppenwolf (Herman Hesse) The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Leo Tolstoy) The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky) As for future posts: I am currently reading Raymond Tallis’ Aping Mankind and though I am 3/4 through it, I can say that […]

Evolutionary Psychology & Theoretical Faith

Not long ago, I posted an article critiquing evolutionary psychology. Given its popularity within academic circles and a mainstream culture presently swept up by what Raymond Tallis calls ‘neuromania’ (seeing neurobiological causes and explanations for near anything) and ‘darwinitis’ (seeing evolutionary adaptations almost everwhere), it is only natural for people to rush to the defense […]

The ‘Mind’ Does Not Reduce to the ‘Brain’

Within the psychological literature it has become commonplace to talk about the mind as a function of the working brain. Neurophysiological activity, in other words, is considered to be the ‘cause’ of the subjective experiences of the mind – how and why we think, feel, or act in the ways that we do. Indeed, we […]

Aspiring to be ‘well read’ and to have ‘read widely’

I have just started the daunting task of reviewing some of the books that I have read in recent years – books that I consider to be especially insightful in one way or another (now in the ‘book list‘ section). It is no secret that writers, philosophers, scientists, and so on, have their biases – […]